Alternatively Floriography and Floromancy.
A type of divination, this time by omens taken from flowers.
Anthomancy is based on the belief that flowers radiate vibrations, react to a sympathetic or hostile environment and are affected by electric shocks.
One of the most popular uses for Anthomancy is for love divination. In Victorian England, two flowers that had not yet blossomed would be paired, and the initials of certain lovers' names would be placed on the stems. After placing the flowers in a secret place for 10 days, the diviner would then observe certain portents, such as, if any flower twined the other, it would indicate that the man and the woman whose initials were used were going to be married.
Another common form of Anthomancy, which is very popular among young people, requires the querent to pull off the petals of flowers while making the statements such as "he/she loves" and "he/she loves me not." The statement uttered when the last petal is pulled is supposed to be true. The "luck" attributed to finding a four-leaf clover also falls into this category.
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Finding the first flower of spring also has relevance in Anthomancy. Type of flower and the day of the week it is found are significant for an appropriate prognostication. If it happens on a Monday, it means good fortune for the rest of the season. On a Tuesday, your greatest efforts will be rewarded. On a Wednesday, a marriage is coming. On a Thursday, alertness, caution and vigilance are required throughout the season. On a Friday, riches and wealth are forthcoming. On a Saturday, misfortune is around the corner. On a Sunday, is a sign of exceptional luck for the duration of the spring. If the flower is a wild flower, someone with the same initial as the flower found will be attracted to you. Find a daisy, means someone whose name starts with a D, find a Lily, someone whose name starts with a L.
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Modern flower folklore gives meaning to the flowers you send to your chosen one on Valentine's day. Send Anemones, it means your love is coming to an end. Send Forget-me-nots, a sign of true love and constancy. Snowdrops, hope for love. Sunflowers, warm feelings. Red Tulips, a declaration of powerful love. Send Red Roses, a sign of passion. Yellow Roses, friendship. Pink Roses, appreciation and admiration. To attract love into your life, a thorn from a white rose bush is very helpful, but only if you use it to scratch the words 'All my love come to me' three times on a white candle and then light it.
The term Floromancy is sometimes also used for the belief that flowers have the power to cure disease.
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